Dr Nici Nelson MA PhD

Staff details

Position Honorary Research Fellow
Department Anthropology
Email n.nelson (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7078 5036
Dr Nici Nelson MA PhD

Dr Nici Nelson has published on urban anthropology; gender and development; approaches to development such as participatory methodologies and policy issues; gender and sexuality; urban livelihoods in the informal sector; child fostering; HIV/AIDS; and marriage and households with specific reference to East Africa. In addition to her academic work, she has done regular consultancies for aid and development organisations such as ACORD, the Eritrean Consortium, UNICEF and UNFPA, in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Areas of supervision

Current PhD students

Sarah O'Neill, Defying the law, negotiating change. The Futanke's opposition to the national ban on FGM in Senegal

Completed PhD students

Nandera Mhando, Meaning, Gender and Kinship Making Aming the Kuria of Tanzania: Male and Female Agency



Nelson, Nici and Wright, Susan. 1995. Power and Participatory Development: Theory and Practice. ITDG Publishing. ISBN 978-1853392412

Book Section

Nelson, Nici. 2000. 'Genderizing Nairobi's Urban Space'. In: F Grignon and H Maupeu, eds. L'Afrique Orientale. Paris: L'Harmattan, pp. 269-323.

Nelson, Nici. 1999. 'Urban Poverty in Africa: A Historical Perspective'. In: Sue Jones and Nici Nelson, eds. Urban Poverty in Africa: From Understanding to Alleviation. London: Intermediate Technology Publications, pp. 1-8. ISBN 978-1853394744

Nelson, Nici. 1996. 'The Kambu Group: A Successful Women's ROSCA in Mathare Valley (1971-1990). In: Shirley Ardener and Sandra Burman, eds. Money Go Rounds: The Importance of Rotating Savings and Credit Associations for Women. Oxford: Berg. ISBN 978-1859731703

Nelson, Nici. 1995. 'A Discourse of Anger in a Situation of Gender-Power Asymmetry: The Negotiation of Safer Sexual Practices Between Young Women and Men in Nairobi'. In: Stephanie Newell, ed. Images of African Women: The Gender Problematic. University of Stirling: Center for Commonwealth Studies:. ISBN 978-1857690323


Nelson, Nici. 1996. 'Representations of Men and Women, City and Town in Kenyan Novels of the 1970s and 1980s'. African Languages and Cultures, 9(2), pp. 145-165. ISSN 0954416X